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Extra Mini Nautical Quilts

I’ve had an idea in my head for a while – one more addition to the nautical wall by our hallway bathroom.  Something very, very mini – I like my “Sail On” mini quilt but somehow it got a lot bigger than I intended.

The Amateur Librarian // Sail On Mini Quilt

(In hindsight, I would make the sailboat block a lot smaller, maybe 8-inch square instead of 12”.)

For this new addition to the nautical art wall, I didn’t really have a concrete plan in mind.  I wanted to feature a few nautical prints and do some sort of improv piecing or wonky log cabin to showcase the fussy cut pieces.  So I gathered a few fabrics and just let the idea ramble around in my head for a while.  Last weekend I woke up and decided to just get started and see what came of it.

The Amateur Librarian // Work in Progress

My sewing situation is a work in progress at the moment… I love being able to set up shop with my craft table, but I also love folding it up and away for some breathing room every once in a while.  I decided to make do and set up on the floor.  I actually had a lot of fun – I didn’t use a ruler, or a rotary cutter, or nicely laid out piles of precisely cut fabric.  I just pulled out scraps and went to town.

The Amateur Librarian // Nautical Mini Quilts

The Amateur Librarian // Nautical Mini Quilts

I ended up with two (extra small) mini quilts.  I started with three fussy cut centers – octopus, mermaid, narwhales, anchors, ship, rope—surrounded with strips of blue.  For the dark centers, I used lighter blues; and for the light centers, I used darker blues, with a few common fabrics to tie them together.

The Amateur Librarian // Nautical Mini Quilts

The Amateur Librarian // Nautical Mini Quilts

The Amateur Librarian // Nautical Mini Quilts

The Amateur Librarian // Nautical Mini Quilts

The Amateur Librarian // Nautical Mini Quilts

The Amateur Librarian // Nautical Mini Quilts

I used my favorite pillow case method to finish each one.  I pieced together a few batting scraps, then quilted the top and batting together with vertical lines.   I used a pretty tree print as the backing, which I attached with a ¼” seam with right sides together, leaving a 3” gap for turning.

The Amateur Librarian // Nautical Mini Quilts

After trimming the batting/backing/top and clipping the corners, I pulled the right sides out and poked out the corners with a knitting needle.  Then another ¼” seam and a few more quilting lines horizontally – just simple stitching in the ditch.  I finished it up with a label and was done – it was fun to have a quick finish in just a couple hours!

The Amateur Librarian // Nautical Mini Quilts

I really like how they turned out!

The Amateur Librarian // Nautical Mini Quilts

The Amateur Librarian // Nautical Mini Quilts

So with the addition of two more (extra small) mini quilts, my nautical wall has been rearranged once more.  There have been several reincarnations by now… normally I hang art and then I’m done, but it’s been an unexpected pleasure to keep adding to this gallery wall.  Here’s a look at what it looked like in the very beginning:

The Amateur Librarian // Nautical Mini Quilts

And when I added the Kate Thomas print (that I won!):

The Amateur Librarian // Nautical Mini Quilts

And when I added my nautical mini quilt:

The Amateur Librarian // Nautical Mini Quilts

And now, with two more extra mini quilts added:

The Amateur Librarian // Nautical Mini Quilts

The Amateur Librarian // Nautical Mini Quilts

The Amateur Librarian // Nautical Mini Quilts

The Amateur Librarian // Nautical Mini Quilts

Here’s a view from the bathroom, looking into the hall.  (Yep, that huge picture of the Golden Gate bridge is still leaning against the wall.  I think it’s officially staying there now.)  Of course Cora had to come check out what I was doing!

The Amateur Librarian // Nautical Mini Quilts

These two spaces are begging for something more, but I don’t know what yet.

The Amateur Librarian // Nautical Mini Quilts

I’m already scouring eBay for something to add – I’m thinking some sort of metal anchor or compass would be a nice addition, since the wall already has plenty of frames and fabric.

This fun morning of sewing equals two more cards to add to the WIP Box!

The Amateur Librarian // Nautical Mini Quilts

Under the Sea and Over the Sea Mini Quilts

Started/Completed: June 2013

Size: 8″ x 16″

Fabrics: nautical/blue scraps

Pattern: wonky log cabin with fussy cut centers

Quilting: stitch in the ditch grid

I’m linking up to Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts!

10 thoughts on “Extra Mini Nautical Quilts

  1. Looks awesome! I want a wall like this! The first thing that jumped to my mind to fill those gaps is some kind of knot work (fancy work). I found some on Etsy, but keep your eye out for a real treasure like a marlin spike with fancy work on the handle or a fancy work covered glass jar.

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/IdleHandsIndustry
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/MakaiStore
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheLandlockedSailor
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/125194997/nautical-sailor-knot-rope-trivet-beach
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/103121358/nautical-blue-seersucker-sailors-knot

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